Family Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Least Concern

Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus)


French: Pic médiastin German: Netzbauchspecht Spanish: Pito colinegro

Picus vittatus


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Closest relatives appear to be P. rabieri, P. xanthopygaeus and P. viridanus#R. Often considered conspecific with last of those, but may be separated by habitat, although some possible overlap in this respect; further study needed. S & E populations tend to have more bronze tinge on upperparts, and rump colour tends more towards orange in E, but much individual variation, and racial separation considered unwarranted. Proposed races eisenhoferi (N Thailand), eurous (SE Thailand and Cambodia), connectens (Langkawi I, off NW Peninsular Malaysia) and limitans (Kangean Is) considered unacceptable. Monotypic.


E Myanmar E to extreme S China (S Yunnan) and S through most of Indochina to W & S Peninsular Malaysia, E Sumatra (including Lingga Archipelago), Java, Bali and Kangean Is.

Descriptive notes

30–33 cm; 94–132 g. Male has red forehead to crown and short crest, bordered by thin black line; narrow white eyering and short supercilium; pale greyish to... read more


Call “keep” or “kee-ip”; long series of “kew” notes as... read more


Deciduous forest, evergreen forest, secondary growth, bamboo, plantations, and village and suburban... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles and flies. Occurs singly or in pairs, partners keeping in close contact. Forages on ground, on fallen trees, as well as in bamboo... read more


Feb–Jul; in Jan, Apr and Sept in Java. Crest-raising a common display; swinging movements also occur. Nest-hole excavated at 0... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common; uncommon in Singapore; rare in Java. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Kaeng Krachan National Park (Thailand),... read more

Recommended citation

Winkler, H. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).